I went shopping tonight and was surprised at what I found. I looked at 4 brands but didn't get to drive anything yet. Just wasn't enough time tonight, besides, almost everybody was sold out for now! I looked at the Mahindra Max, The Massey Ferguson GC1705, the Kubota BX1870 and the Deere 1023E. My budget isn't the biggest so I inquired about tractor and FEL only. The most expensive and the least expensive really screwed me up for a long time in the future. These aren't hard numbers because I had enough time to ask about the tractor and get the price with a brochure.
Mahindra Max 25: $13,500 (a few on the lot)
Kubota BX1870: $13,017 (one in the show room, no FEL)
Massey GC1705: $12,000 (None on the lot today)
John Deere 1023E: 11,099 (None on the lot. Won't be in till October)
Whaaaaaat? Yeah, the Deere was the cheapest. I couldn't believe it. I really wanted to drive the Massey but he sold most of his inventory in the last two months and the rest are sitting at a Fair until Monday. I asked about the Mahindra (same guy that handles the Massey) and he said it seems to be a good machine but they are all good when new. He said to talk to him in 5 or 10 years and he would tell me better. He's been handling Massey for a long time and he said they really go trouble free for years. I think that's pretty honest of him to give a better report on the less expensive tractor. I guess most of the Masseys he sold this summer were to local municipalities and school districts. He had photos of one of his customers running a 5 foot brush hog behind a Massey GC2400 in very tall heavy brush. He said it cut right though it without hesitation. I'm liking the Massey here. I have a friend who bought a new Deere and he said it drinks the fuel like there's no tomorrow. Not sure how much that actually is. Anyway, that's today's report. Going to a fair in Ohio Saturday. I will look at the Massey there and see what I think.
A completely restored old compact tractor from the 1970's 1980s are being sold for half that and are well built. I didn't even earn NEAR that much money in all of last year, not even close, and I believe I'm prettty well off, 13 garden tractors, a 1968 IH424 diesel, and a good life, but I dont spend money, I dont have any, after utilitities I have my swap/trade/sell fund for repairs and up keep. It's been almost 4 years since I had a job and i can tell you one can get by and live good if you dont spend money. I honestly dont think I could go to work in order to pay for some of these new things such as trucks, tractors, and vacations, it's not my idea of living. Maybe after I get my Masters degree I will be able to analyze myself and find out why I have an aversion to working for someone or spending money on new stuff, oops that would cost waaaaay too much, lol. Just saying realize how much money that is and also look at older small tractors with FELs like older restored Kubotas, IH/Case 284, JD650, Massey 1020, and Allis 5150s, all proven well built machines that will allow you to put 6 grand back in your pocket. The rich are rich because they dont spend money, many dont even carry it.
Edited by OkieGt, August 29, 2013 - 07:12 AM.